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Ellicott City Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison For Producing and Possessing Child Pornography


Repeatedly Sexually Abused a Child Under the Age of Eight to Produce Pornography; Possessed Over 600 Images and Videos of Child Pornography,
Including Sadistic and Violent Conduct

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jeffrey Trantham, age 24, of Ellicott City, Maryland, today to 40 years in prison followed by lifetime supervised release for sexually exploiting a child to produce child pornography and possessing child pornography. Judge Blake also ordered that upon his release from prison, Trantham must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Howard County Police Chief William McMahon; and Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino.

“The sentencing today of Jeffrey Trantham sends a strong message that law enforcement will not tolerate such despicable crimes,” said William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of ICE HSI in Baltimore. "Our children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of sexual exploitation. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to relentlessly pursue predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical in nature or if it is accomplished by exploiting their images.”

According to Trantham’s plea agreement, after an individual in Canada received images of a prepubescent minor being sexually abused by a man appearing to be Trantham. Howard County Police officers executed a search warrant at Trantham’s residence on December 12, 2009. Trantham admitted that between August and September 2009, he repeatedly sexually abused a child under the age of eight. He further admitted that he took sexually explicit photos of her and sent them to at least three other people over the Internet. He also sent images of the child via a live broadcast through a web camera.

Further investigation of Trantham’s computer revealed over 600 images and many additional videos of child pornography, including images depicting the repeated sexual abuse of the victim. Most of the images and videos found on the computer involved prepubescent girls and contained images portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct, or other depictions of violence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein expressed appreciation to the London Ontario Canada Police Department, who brought this matter to the attention of the Howard County Police. Mr. Rosenstein commended ICE - Homeland Security Investigations, the Howard County Police Department and Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.

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